Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 5: World War Three
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  • As I said in my review of the previous episode, the aliens design doesn't exactly inspire fear, despite the story's great efforts to prove otherwise
  • It does, however, show that the Slitheen are quite crafty
  • Rose also gets to give her loved ones a more heartfelt and appropriate goodbye compared to her last impulsive departure
  • Not a favorite of mine, and probably one of the weaker ones I've seen, but it was still quite enjoyable


    • by David Finniss

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      This episode picks up where “Aliens in London” left off, with the nefarious Slitheen enacting their plot that puts the whole world in danger.

      I have to say, seeing the Doctor overpower the Slitheen weapon while pointing out that what’s lethal to humans isn’t lethal to him was a pretty awesome moment. It also revealed that the Slitheen all have some sort of connection as once the Doctor hits one of the Slitheen with their own weapon, all the Slitheen (even ones in different rooms) fall victim to it.

      A large portion of the episode is the main characters fleeing in terror from the aliens, who mean to kill them. This might’ve worked a bit better had the aliens actually looked frightening. As I said in my review of the previous episode, the aliens design doesn’t exactly inspire fear, despite the story’s great efforts to prove otherwise.

      It does, however, show that the Slitheen are quite crafty. One scene in particular stood out as being particularly crafty. The Doctor runs to go get reinforcements, but when they arrive, the Slitheen put


      on their “suits” and tell the soldiers that the Doctor is, in fact, the attacking alien. I have to give credit where it’s due; while the Slitheen look rather derpy, they have the necessary cunning for an adversary worthy of the Doctor.

      The conflict between Mickey and the Doctor seemed a bit forced. I get why Mickey isn’t fond of the Doctor, having abducted his girlfriend and making him a murder suspect, but the Doctor’s condescending attitude really comes out of left field. While the Doctor has spoken ill of man before, he hasn’t interacted with Mickey enough to know whether he’s an idiot or not.

      The whole missile resolution was a bit of a stretch. The plan itself was fine, but the way the heroes manage to survive was a bit of a stretch. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Doctor had a means of summoning the TARDIS to them. I’m going to guess not, since he probably would’ve considered that idea.

      One of the strong points of this episode is the fact that a lot ...


      • of characters play a role and it is through their cooperation and coordination that they are able to turn the tables. This allowed the episode to balance the rather large cast of characters that played a part in this go around.

        I also rather liked the bit where the Doctor and Rose try to figure out a vulnerability based on what they know. It allowed Rose and the Doctor to put their brains together and figure out a solution that managed to prove rather effective in the end.

        Another area where this episode shined was character development. We see that while Rose’s mother can be a bit lax, she genuinely cares about her daughter and wants to see her safe. Her concern is well founded and her arguments against joining the Doctor are quite valid. This, in turn, allows us to get a glimpse into the Doctor’s feelings for Rose. They aren’t romantic, both are adamant in denying the idea when others bring it up, but it’s clear he’s as concerned about her well being as Rose’s mother is.

        Rose also gets

        to give her loved ones a more heartfelt and appropriate goodbye compared to her last impulsive departure.

        It’s weird to think that the TARDIS could very easily have returned ten seconds later with Rose having come back experiencing months worth of adventures. The ending implies that she isn’t coming back, with Rose’s mother walking off, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. Then again, the TARDIS doesn’t have a record of pinpoint accuracy, so maybe she was right to walk off.

        I couldn’t help but be amused by the preview for the next episode. As I recently stated my belief that the Daleks are rather goofy looking and hard to take seriously, sure enough, the next episode features the Daleks as an antagonist. I have a feeling their voice will get on my nerves, but I’ll have to watch the episode first to see if that proves to be the case.

        All in all, this was a fun episode. Not a favorite of mine, and probably one of the weaker ones I’ve seen, but it was still quite enjoyable.




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